I did it because it was free and I assumed Mandriva 2006 would be "better" than 2005.
I now realise that for me at least this wasn't a good enough reason. I was quite happy with 2005. It contained DVD burning software out of the tin and also decent e-mail, Internet and office software.
I could not get it to work with Yahoo messenger
I could not get WinMX working
I didn't even bother to try and get any recent games running on it
It would not shut down properly - I still had to use the power button.
....I guess these things are possible/fixable but not at my level of Linux experience(yet).
When I upgraded to 2006 there was a significant reduction in speed and initially no menu or facility to allow second user log in. I managed to fix the latter but not the former.
And I haven't got around to seeing if I can get Yahoo, WinMX or any games running, but these things aren't essential. Though if I could, I could finally say "Bye Bye" to W***ows!
The only benefit is that it can now power itself down properly
So I am asking myself why I did it, and think I probably should not have bothered.
Lots of folks on here are running old versions of Linux. I guess they are happy with what they have since they could upgrade for free.
So why upgrade?
Will new applications like the recently released Firefox 1.5 only work with the new kernel?
Am I missing something?